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Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe accident, from J6 for A251 Ashford Road to J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - M2 partially blocked and queues westbound from J6, A251 (Faversham) to J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe accident, from J3 for A2045 Chatham to J2 for A228 Sundridge Hill Strood.

M2 Kent - M2 partially blocked and queues westbound from J3, A2045 (Chatham) to J2, A228 (Strood), because of an accident involving three cars.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe accident, from J7 for A249 Maidstone to J6 for A229 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - Two lanes closed and it's very slow on M20 westbound from J7, A249 (Maidstone) to J6, A229 (Maidstone), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J3 for A2045 Chatham to J2 for A228 Sundridge Hill Strood.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 westbound from J3, A2045 (Chatham) to J2, A228 (Strood), because of planks of wood on the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J6 for A251 Ashford Road to J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M2 westbound from J6, A251 (Faversham) in Faversham to J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) in Kent, because of a police investigation. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Leeds council to investigate 'nuisance' fireworks

A formal inquiry is to be set up by a council after complaints of the "anti-social" use of fireworks "year-round" in parts of Leeds.

Police in Harehills
BBC

The city council heard that in some cases children were throwing fireworks at vehicles, and there were illegal sales taking place.

In the city on Bonfire Night riot police were deployed after fireworks were used as weapons in Harehills.

Some imported fireworks did not meet UK standards, a council officer said.

Councillor Amanda Carter said: "Nobody wants to stop the pleasure and enjoyment of fireworks but it is becoming an increasing problem about the noise and anti-social behaviour."

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow westbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J4 for A278 Hoath Way and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M2 eastbound between J4, A278 (Gillingham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident involving a lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M20 westbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M20 westbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, before J6 for A251 Ashford Road.

M2 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M2 eastbound before J6, A251 (Faversham), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man who killed his father sent to secure hospital

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A man from Barrow has been sent to a secure hospital for "a very, very long time" for killing his own father days after being wrongly released from a mental health unit.

Jonathan MacMillan, 28, had previously admitted the manslaughter due to diminished responsibility of his father John on Provincial Street in Barrow in June.

Preston Crown Court
PA Media

Today two expert psychiatrists told Preston Crown Court that Jonathan MacMillan was severely mentally ill and neither could understand why he'd been let out of the Cygnet Health private hospital in Kent.

The Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown, handed down an order detaining him in a secure hospital, saying MacMillan should never have been released into the community.

NHS England says an independent Investigation is under way but is "in its very early stages", and expressed its condolences to John MacMillan's family.

Rail staffs' appeal to track down three-legged cat

Guy Bell

Tripod
Southeastern

A train operator has launched a desperate appeal to find a three-legged cat adopted by staff at one of its Kent depots.

Southeastern staff in Gillingham raised the alarm on Thursday after noticing Tripod had not been seen for two days.

Nathan Dove, from Southeastern, said: “It’s really unlike Tripod not to make his presence known around the depot. We’ve checked all the usual places, including our yard, outbuildings and surrounding roads, but unfortunately have had no luck yet.

“He sometimes strays on to the train with the cleaning staff, and we’re wondering if he’s got on the train unnoticed and it has left the yard with him on board.”

Southeastern staff have been urged to keep an eye out for the errant ginger tom, who wears a reflective yellow collar and is missing a hind leg.

Staff are also urging passengers and vets to alert them in case he’s been found somewhere or has had an accident.

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J6 for A251 Ashford Road to J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - Temporary closure and stationary on M2 westbound from J6, A251 (Faversham) to J5, A249 (Sittingbourne).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe accident, at J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - Queues on M2 westbound at J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of earlier multi vehicle accident. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones is to be a retained firefighter
As wicketkeeper for England Geraint Jones won the Ashes but is now facing a very different challenge.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on entry slip road westbound at J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A2045 Chatham.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J3, A2045 (Chatham), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's slow on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of an overturned vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A2.

M2 Kent - M2 lane blocked on exit slip road and it's slow eastbound at J7, A2 (Brenley Corner), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J9 for A20 Fougeres Way and J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound between J9, A20 (Ashford) and J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Roman ear cleaner and tweezers found on building site

Guy Bell

Ebbsfleet bridge
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Artefacts dating back 2,000 years - including a Roman ear cleaner and tweezers - have been discovered at a building site in Ebbsfleet.

The items, along with a piece of timber and pottery, were found at Springhead Bridge which is being built in Ebbsfleet Garden City and have been removed for further examination and documentation.

The developers employed archaeologists at the site due to significant finds elsewhere in the area, including elephant bones during the construction of the High Speed 1 line.

The bridge is nearing completion and set to open to the public in the Spring.

Roman earbud
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
Roman tweezers
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Ten arrested after Folkestone robbery

Guy Bell

Ten people have been arrested following a robbery in Folkestone.

Kent Police say they were called at about 01:00 GMT to reports of a disturbance at an address in Bradstone Road.

The police helicopter, armed officers and Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) were also in attendance.

Two men were on the roof of the property and several others attempted to flee the scene.

KFRS assisted in retrieving the two men from the roof.

Kent Police say an investigation is under way.

Kent and Medway 'struggling' with bed-blocking

Guy Bell

County Hall
LDRS

Concerns have been raised over continual transfer delays faced by patients occupying hospital beds in Kent who are medically fit to be discharged.

A Kent County Council committee met at County Hall in Maidstone on Wednesday to discuss a report on the county’s performance over delayed transfers of care, also known as bed-blocking.

Bed-blocking remains a long-standing issue in Kent and its performance has been in the red zone for more than three years, since August 2016, according to KCC data.

KCC’s corporate director for adult social care and health, Penny Southern, told the 15-person adult social care committee: “Kent and Medway are in red as a (whole) system and so nationally it struggles.”

Ms Southern’s comments come after a KCC report, published last week, revealed that Kent patients, who were medically fit to be discharged, faced transfer delays of more than 5,000 days in August this year.

KCC’s target for the total number of “bed day” delays in August was just over 3,000, but this was exceeded by 2,201 days.

This represents a 63% increase above Kent County Council’s agreed aim.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 exit slip road partially blocked and it's slow westbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Police hunt women after stolen card used in Brighton spending spree

Kent Online: Rapper Stefflon Don's brother 'didn't need to' rob Yalding family 'because of famous sister'

Get Surrey: Villagers feel 'conned' by Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust over care home plans

Chichester Observer: Flood warning issued for Bosham and West Itchenor

Eastbourne Herald: Anti-smoking messages on loudspeaker at Eastbourne hospital to catch out smokers

Crawley and Horley Observer: Fears second Horsham dog dies of deadly disease

Worthing Herald: Lancing train driver given emotional send-off after 54-year career

Mid Sussex Times: Council boss Nathan Elvery has left by ‘mutual consent’

Brighton & Hove News: Father of the bride takes Coach House to court over cancelled wedding reception

Hastings Observer: Man suffers fractured eye socket in assault at St Leonards Warrior Square

Brighton & Hove Independent: Police name Brighton teenager who fell from Horsham town centre car park

Eight vehicles rescued from flood water

Firefighters were called to help after eight vehicles became stranded in 2ft of flood water in Tonbridge.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called to Coppings Road in Leigh at 07:17 GMT on Wednesday and helped push the vehicles out of the flooded section of road with the occupants still inside.

The road will be closed temporarily and the fire service is warning of the dangers of driving through flood water.

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe accident, at J6 for A251 Ashford Road.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M2 westbound at J6, A251 (Faversham), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J6 for A251 Ashford Road.

M2 Kent - M2 partially blocked and queues eastbound at J6, A251 (Faversham), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time